This To Dye for Duster began with black cotton twill. The large sword ferns were used as our resist and discharged with bleach (instructions included with pattern).
Squiggles were added with bleach in a squeeze bottle.
This To Dye for Duster is featured in Nancy Cornwell's "Polar Magic" book. It's a wonderfully warm coat made from polar fleece.
Detail of cutwork fern. The fern design was simply and enlargement of our fern stamp.
Detailed instructions for completing this project and more, can be found in Nancy Cornwell's "Polar Magic" book.
Alix's Embroidered Duster
Alix is a Viking Educator based in Cleveland, Ohio and she made her beautiful To Dye for Duster in black Silk Satin.
Since Alix loves a tone-on-tone look, she embroidered with her Viking Designer 1 in royal blue Sulky Rayon.
Her blue velvet dress (peeking out from the coat) was also embroidered in the same leafy design.
Lee Anne's Duster Coat
This To Dye for Duster was made as a sample garment for Lee Anne's Batiks. Using batik painting panels, I cut the front one apart and used my curve piecing method to make the most of the batik.
Layered with various colors of sueded cotton and the raw edges were covered in black 1/4" trim. The back of the duster was a full 54" batik panel that fit perfectly down the center panel of the coat.
Dianne Day's Discharged Duster
Stencils and Stamps make a stunning To Dye For Duster.
Dianne, from Norway, Iowa, took this cotton/linen blend fabric and discharge dyed it using Diane Ericson/ReVisions Stencils #3 Fall Leaves.
Then she added more dimension by stamping it with Rubber Poet stamps.
Laura Davidson's Melton Wool Duster
Creativity takes a step beyond the "norm" with this stunning rendition. Laura Davidson, from Warren, Pennsylvania, used wonderful heavy, felted, wool melton remnants she found left over from a designer workroom.
The chocolate brown front and back panels were hand couched with two textured yarns (one black/brown chenille and the other beige with black nubbed cotton).
The balance of the coat was cut from contrasting black wool. Tying it all together, Laura used a rayon beige brown print to make outside bound seams and inside finishing details.
Finally she closed it up with 5 buttons to allow her to button it up and form a stand up collar.
Judy Donovan's Fishy DusterStencils and Stamps make a stunning To Dye For Duster
"This was a challenge I set for myself. I had exactly one rayon fish sarong (with fringe) and was determined to make the duster from it.
Of course, it was only enough for the front and back panels - everything else had to be cut from other fabric.
The black and white print fabrics were from my stash and I used up just about every inch of the sarong, including the fringe, which appears on the pockets and at the shoulders.
I added a size 8 irridescent bead to each piece of fringe for interesting texture.
This was really fun and the duster suits itself to creating wonderful things with a "too small" piece of precious fabric.
The sarong, by the way was approx 54" x 72"--kinda like 2 yards of fabric.
I modeled it wearing yet another favorite black-and-white sarong which seems to be just the thing to go with my new coat!" -- Judy Donovan, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania.
Colleen Jensen's Duster Coat
Colleen made her To Dye for Duster in a class with Virginia Avery.